Elizabeth Yanak

Social Media Analyst

Originally published in the World Bank Information and Communications for Development Blog.

Many developing countries are currently unable to reap the benefits of digital transformation, even as technologies are rapidly changing our global economy. Nagy K. Hanna’s guest post for the World Bank Information and Communications for Development Blog discusses the main challenges of digital transformation and how developing countries can master the process of transforming government, services, communities, cities, and businesses. A ‘core competency’ of the 21st century, it is no easy feat:

“Digital transformation is not a technological fix, a blueprint plan, a one-off event, or a one-size-fits-all strategy. Rather, it is a social learning process, sustained over time, involving diverse stakeholders. Its ultimate objective is to harness the global digital revolution to meet a country’s specific socio-economic priorities. This process is a marathon, not a sprint. It is driven by vision, leadership, innovation, learning, and partnerships among government, business, and civil society.”

Three Questions for You:

  1. How can policy makers and leaders support innovation, experimentation, learning and evaluation?
  2. What strategies can be implemented to strengthen educational institutions and prepare students for the digital economy? How can we promote digital literacy
  3. How can developing countries learn from frontrunners, while still keeping their unique needs in context when designing policies?

Elizabeth Yanak

Social Media Analyst

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